June 4, 1953 – May 24, 2014
Rob Anderson (1953-2014) captured the vitality of his subjects with sensitivity and wit. Seeking to express, “the unique life force that is elusive in a snapshot,” Rob painted from life, rather than photographs, and produced portraits, nudes and still life paintings of contemporary subjects created with classical techniques.
Though he planned to study architecture while at UC Berkeley, he switched majors and received his bachelor's degree in design in 1975. “I discovered printmaking in college when I passed by a design class and saw a two-color print of a telephone pole with wires silhouetted against a background. It was one of those, Aha! moments. I dropped architecture and didn't look back.”
This print is an interesting piece of history, as the United States Olympic Committee brought an injunction that stopped the use of the word Olympic in any materials for the first Gay Games. However, the injunction was not served until 19 days before the event when many materials had already been produced. There is another version of this poster with the word Olympic blocked out. The case eventually went all the way to U.S Supreme Court.